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Published 28 January 2017

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's film is nominated for an Oscar. If he wins, he won't be able to accept the award in person due to Trump's Muslim ban. 

U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial plan to control immigration, justified under the aim of preventing a terrorist attack, will prohibit Oscar-nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi from attending the award ceremony.  

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Farhadi is a well-known international director and his film “The Salesman” has been nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film. However, the director will not be allowed to enter the U.S. for the ceremony on Feb. 26.

Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, the film’s leading actress, tweeted that she would boycott the ceremony, saying that “Trump’s visa ban for Iranians is racist.”

Farhadi has gained international critical acclaim and previously won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his 2011 film “The Separation.” 

On Friday, Trump signed an executive order that puts a 90-day ban on visitors from Iran, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. Trump also put a four-month ban on refugees entering the U.S. but made an exception for Christians fleeing conflict.

Trump says the plan will protect the U.S. from terrorist threats, but it has been widely criticized for being racist, unconstitutional and ineffective in preventing terrorism. Islamic groups have already started to take legal action against Trump’s ban.

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Other Middle Eastern countries where citizens have committed terrorist acts in the U.S. and where Trump has conducted business have not been included on the list.

While Trump's rhetoric against Muslims was well documented before he was elected, the ban has caused serious disruptions for Muslims and Arab-Americans traveling, who were not given any notice of the change.

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